Originally Posted by BlueHaven
Is his pectoral fins still there?
How much of his fins are gone, I mean there is a point they can't really grow back and also a point where they still can.
I'm so sorry that happened to your betta. :(
Here is a link that describes their fins and what they are used for, etc:
If that helps......?
I do know some good things that help them heal are indian almond leaves,
and of course very clean water.
Low level water but in a very long tank is good if they can't swim well at all.
THANK YOU!! I will check on his pectorals. I didn't notice him rising for air, but it hasn't been long and I was in tears. I'll check.
Originally Posted by Oldfishlady
Good that you have him QT and floating in the heated tank.....
I would pre-mix some treatment water and start 100% daily water changes for the next 10 days
Get a 1gal jug and fill with like temp dechlorinated water and add aquarium salt 1tsp/gal-if you have tannins to add all the better....either naturally dried and fallen from the tree Oak leaf (10-12 crushed/gal) or Indian almond leaf or blackwater extract or decaf green tea...add one of these to steep for at least an hour before use-the longer they steep the more tannins will be released the darker the water the better the Betta will like it....shake well before use and use this treatment water for the 100% daily water changes in the QT container floating in the heated tank.
Make sure and equalize the water temp between the treatment water and the QT fish water before use to prevent temp related shock issues
Diet is also important to promote healing-a good varied diet high protein-live or frozen works the best...frequent small meals....
I had a Betta get its fins eaten by a marble crayfish and I had new growth within a few days with this treatment...it took about a month for full re-growth and lots of water changes
Good luck and keep us posted....
10 DAYS? So there's hope? I already add salt to my tank to keep back bacterial infection, although I did put a lower concentration in his 10G. He hasn't been eating for a few days, but bless him, he tried and spat it out. I bought him Hikori Biogold and he spits it out, but I'm going to try to feed him that since I can better control the amount. His tank is brand new, so I'll use that as his treatment water since it's already warm. I'm going to go turn out the lights ASAP to keep him calm.
There's a fish at a pet store that has more extensive caudal fin damage due to fin rot, but his other fins are beautiful and he darts around when I pick him up. I think he can still regrow them, with proper care. I still have his 2.5 G, so I'm going to go ahead and prep that for a large QT tank if he gets better. Poor dear, I think he's in shock.
What are tannins? How many tea bags per gallon? Is there any specific way to steep them (1 bag/cup, add cup to 1 gallon)? I'm worried about him floating in the cup- it moves and bumps into the sides and ammonia can build up so quickly.
THANK YOU, everyone!!! I only wish I could express my gratitude. I love this fish.